Definition of cataclysm
cataclysmicallyplay \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of cataclysm in a Sentence
floods, earthquakes, and other cataclysms
The country barely survived the cataclysm of war.
The revolution could result in worldwide cataclysm.
Recent Examples of cataclysm from the Web
The void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms.
Season three finale of the story of a town in New York state three years after a global cataclysm.
Kolbert’s book warned of cataclysm; Hawken’s tries to prevent it.
Now the closest look yet at events 252 million years ago is linking those eruptions even more closely not only to the biotic cataclysm in the sea but also to the mass extinction on land.
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Origin and Etymology of cataclysm
French cataclysme, from Latin cataclysmos, from Greek kataklysmos, from kataklyzein to inundate, from kata- + klyzein to wash — more at clyster
First Known Use: 1599
CATACLYSM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cataclysm for English Language Learners
: something that causes great destruction, violence, etc.
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